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Chiropractic Care Scores a Big Knockout with Headaches

In the July 2017 BioMed Central Research Note researchers from Norway report on the results of the trial comparing the us of pain medication, chiropractic and a placebo group.   Over the 12 months of follow-up, the group that received the chiropractic adjustment scored a 59% decrease in the headache index (frequency x duration x intensity) as compared to a 9.9% increase in the headache index for the control/drug group.   A huge win by any measurement.

This corresponds to several studies that have found the same results:

o   Headache intensity was decrease by 36% post treatment

o   Number of headache hours per day decreased by 69%

o   71% of the participants had a greater than 50% reduction in headache frequency

o   33% had 100% improvement (no more headaches)

o   Headache intensity reduced by 43% at one month

o   Headache intensity reduced by 40% at six months

o   Headache frequency reduced by 49% at one month

o   Headache frequency reduced by 52% at six months

o   Headache intensity reduced by 40% at six months

o   Headache frequency reduced by 52% at six months

How chiropractic care works is that the nerves that exit the top of the neck are a major causative factor in headaches.   These nerves exit around and about the first and second bones in the neck and go up the head innervating many of the tissues and blood vessels in the head.   When these nerves are compromised by the misalignment of these bones, the nerves can be irritated and muscles around the spinal bones tighten and irritate or pinch the nerves and headaches soon follow.

In my Boston office, we have had and continue to have hundreds of patients who have had success with chiropractic helping them decrease the intensity, frequency and duration of headaches, if not get rid of them completely. If you are suffering from frequent headaches, call 617-720-1992 today to learn more about how we can help you.

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